Does your House Smell like Cigarette Smoke?

Author: Kristina Bradley A recent survey of 401 Ontario real estate agents and brokers found that most agree that it is more difficult to sell a home where owners have smoked. The survey estimates a potential loss of up to $107,000 on a home in Ontario, where the average price is currently around $369,000–or a whopping 29% loss […]

Getting Your House Ready for Fall!

Fall is upon us! Before the weather gets too bad here are some home maintenance tips that will keep your home running well all winter long. EXTERIOR Check the foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding or where pipes and wires enter the house. Another area to check is around the windows and […]

Don’t Call the Agent on the Sign

Don’t Call the Agent on the Sign As a buyer it costs you $0 in commission to buy a house.  The commission is totally paid by the Seller. It would make sense then to have your own representative who’s single purpose is to represent your best interests.

Setting the Price Too High

Setting the Price Too High Compare, compare, compare.  Selling prices are set based on what comparable homes in your neighborhood have sold for, this is called “Market Value”.  The biggest mistake you can make is to price your home too high, have it sit on the market and become “stale” and then have to reduce. 

Failing to Showcase Your Home and Making Small Cosmetic Changes

Failing to Showcase Your Home and Making Small Cosmetic Changes   Look at your house from a buyer’s point of view.   Minor cosmetic changes or enhancements could increase the sell price and decrease the number of days your house is on the market. Consider hiring a professional stager to come and arrange your furniture. It’s all […]

Before You Start Your Search

What Features Do You Need? Do you need an extra bathroom, a garage, a fenced backyard, or lower utility bills? Do you want a fireplace, a short drive to work, or maybe minimal yard work? Once your list is complete, decide what’s most important to you. What’s the Ideal Location? Where you live obviously affects […]

More Open House Tips

Opening up your home for an open house is a great way to generate interest in your home. To help give potential buyers the best impression possible, make sure you follow some key tips before your open house. Move at least one piece of furniture out of every room and into storage. This will help […]

The Best Time for an Open House

There’s been much debate about whether open houses work and my answer is, “it depends”. Open houses may not work because of the location of your home or the competition in your market, but generally speaking, Open Houses also sell homes. When is the Best Time for an Open House? In many communities, Sunday afternoon […]

Home Staging Tips

3 Top Home Staging Tips Before you put your home on the market, make sure it looks its best to maximize your return. Take some time and consider the following tips to help you sell your home faster and for the right price! Make the space smell nice! Open windows, use air fresheners or bake […]